The City of Beverly Engineering Department is involved with many projects that benefit our City. We work in unison with several agencies including the MBTA, MassDot, and the Green Communities Division, to name a few. Please click on each link for continuous updates and information as we strive to keep our Residents and Businesses well informed.
ADA Transition Plan
ADA Ramps Installed in 2012
ADA Ramps Installed in 2013
ADA Ramps Installed in 2014
ADA Ramps Installed in 2015
ADA Ramps Installed in 2016
ADA Ramps Installed in 2017
ADA Ramps Installed in 2018
Cabot Street Water Main Lining Project
The City of Beverly’s contractor, N. Granese & Sons, will begin working on the water main cleaning and lining project starting Tuesday May 28th. Phase 1 of the project will take place between Lenox Street and Pond Street.
The letter that went out to the business and home owners within Phase 1 of the project can be found here.
The set of plans for the entire project can be found here.
The Green Communities Division empowers the Commonwealth’s cities and towns to reduce their energy use and their carbon footprint on the journey towards healthier communities and stronger economies. The City of Beverly proudly joined the ranks on December 20, 2011 as one of the one-hundred-ten cities and towns from all regions of the state, populations from 393 to 617,594 residents, that are now designated as Commonwealth “Green Communities.” This was in part due to the construction of the new Beverly High School renovation/addition, which was completed in 2009, and was able to achieve MA-CHPS+ (Ma collaborative for high performance schools) certification for sustainability. The High School is powered by two solar PV arrays, with a combined system rating of 182 kW.
Beverly was awarded its first grant of $206,285.00 which was used in part to hire a consulting engineering firm based in North Andover, MA; B2Q Associates. They assisted with identifying the buildings which represent the greatest energy savings opportunities. The Main Library was identified immediately as the greatest opportunity. A benchmarking effort was undertaken to identify which of the remaining buildings should be pursued for energy savings and they were identified as Ayers Ryal Side and Centerville Elementary Schools.
B2Q hired Howse Corporation, a controls contractor providing installation and maintenance services for Johnson Controls Energy Management Systems (EMS) in the greater Boston area and throughout New England. B2Q worked with Howse and the City of Beverly to develop a scope of work at the three selected buildings in Beverly which were believed to offer the greatest potential for energy savings from control improvements associated with different portions of the buildings: HVAC support systems, the Air-Conditioning System, the Heating System and the Terminal Device Systems.
Financially, the projected annual cost savings on the three buildings is $42,845. Combined with Utility Incentives ($96,650.00) and other grants, the projects will pay for themselves in approximately 6.7 years. Additionally, the impressive projected annual Energy Savings (MMBtu) (million metric British thermal units) is 2,255, while the projected annual GHG (Green House Gas) Reduced (lbs CO2e) (carbon dioxide equlivent) is 715,431.
A second round of grant money was made available to the Massachusetts Green Communities in the Spring of 2013. The City applied for and was awarded a grant in the amount of $207,530.00. This grant was used by the City to make improvements to our North Beverly Elementary School by installing another EMS. The City again employed B2Q as our consultant for this project. B2Q identified three separate projects at the North Beverly Elementary School to improve the controls associated with different portions of the buildings HVAC support systems – the Air-Conditioning System, the Heating Plant System Upgrade, and the Unit Ventilator System Upgrade. These projects were completed in December 2013.
This project has a projected annual energy savings of approximately $16,000 based on 97,391 kWh of electricity savings and 4,813 therms of natural gas savings.
Also, a small amount of this grant was used to retrofit the Beverly Commons Park lights to Light-Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. On an annual basis, the electric savings are estimated to be 3,942 kWh (or 13.4 MMBtu) and approximately $700. The City received $39,927.15 in Utility Rebates for these projects in 2013.
A third round of grant money was made available to the Massachusetts Green Communities in the Spring of 2014. The City applied for and was awarded a grant in the amount of $239,790.00. This grant was used by the City to make improvements to our McKeown Elementary School by installing another EMS. The City again employed B2Q as our consultant for this project. B2Q identified three separate projects at the McKeown Elementary School to improve the controls associated with different portions of the buildings HVAC support systems – the Air-Conditioning System, the Heating Plant System Upgrade, and the Unit Ventilator System Upgrade. These project were completed in February 2015.
This project has a projected annual energy savings of approximately $20,047.20 based on 69,210 kWh of electricity savings and 12,360 therms of natural gas savings. The City received $23,700.00 in Utility Rebates for these projects in 2014.
A fourth round of grant money was made available to the Massachusetts Green Communities in the Spring of 2015. The City applied for and was awarded a grant in the amount of $128,455.00. This grant was used by the City to make improvements to our Cove Elementary School and the Beverly High School. The City again employed B2Q as our consultant for this project. B2Q identified projects at the Cove Elementary School to upgrade controls and install Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) on the hot water pumps. This project focused on the main air-handling equipment which provides ventilation, exhaust and cooling for the school. The project is primarily an upgrade of the controls to a Direct-Digital Controls (DDC) system as manufactured by Johnson Controls. The project at the Beverly High School was recommissioning work including taking BAS control of 4 RTUs (replacing the manufacturer’s proprietary controllers), improving the operating sequences to reduce energy consumption and improve humidity levels, and implementing a monitoring- based commissioning system. These project were completed in February 2016.
This project has a projected annual energy savings of approximately $35,728.00 based on 244,724 kWh of electricity savings and 6,154 therms of natural gas savings. The City received $65,480.85 in Utility Rebates for these projects in 2015.
A fifth round of grant money was made available to the Massachusetts Green Communities in the Spring of 2016. The City applied for and was awarded a grant in the amount of $195,143.00. This grant was used by the City to make improvements to our Hannah Elementary School and Beverly High School. The City again employed B2Q as our consultant for this project. B2Q identified projects at the Hannah Elementary School to upgrade controls on the HVAC system including the installation of a new Johnson Controls DDC energy management system to control (4) RTUs and (4) Heating and Ventilating (H&V) Units. Heating Plant control upgrades included the installation of a new Johnson Controls DDC energy management system to control the boiler plant and hot water system, as well as the installation of new VFDs on the secondary hot water pumps. The scope of the project at the Beverly High School involved replacing the existing high-bay fluorescent fixtures with new LED fixtures in the Field House. These project were completed in February 2017.
This project has a projected annual energy savings of approximately $21,424.03 based on 141,723 kWh of electricity savings and 4,965 therms of natural gas savings. The City is scheduled to receive $55,100.00 in Utility Rebates for these projects in 2016.
A sixth round of grant money was made available to the Massachusetts Green Communities in the Spring of 2017. The City applied for and was awarded the maximum grant amount of $250,000.00. This grant along with funding from an additional grant source from DOER ($245,225.88) and National Grid incentives of $330,000 that helped fund the conversion of all the City’s streetlight to LEDs. This project converted 3,869 of the City’s existing streetlights to energy saving LED streetlights. The project was completed in May of 2019.
This project has a projected annual energy savings of approximately $261,953.12 based on 1,324,446 kWh of electricity savings.
Further information will be updated on our website as it becomes available. The City will be applying for the next round of grant money which should be made available in approximately March of 2020.
An example of the Main Library energy usage and costs from FY09 to FY 16 are located here.
National Grid Gas
*This page is for Informational Purposes Only.*
National Grid Gas / NEUCO is currently replacing their dated gas mains and house services. They have provided the Engineering Department with their planned jobs (listed below). They do not provide us with exact schedules. If you have any questions regarding these jobs, please direct your calls to National Grid Gas at 1-800-233-5325. We will update the list as National Grid provides it to us.
* In the event you reside in these locations and do not have a natural gas service and are interested in changing to natural gas, we suggest that you contact National Grid (1-800-233-5325) to schedule your service at this time (standard fees will apply). Please notify the Engineering Department if you need assistance with expediting your request. (978-605-2358).*
Sewer Subsystem M
Sewer Subsystem M is an area generally defined as Lakeshore Drive to Hurd Stadium and Essex Street to Lothrop Street. The work for this project, described in the drawings, includes the cleaning, disposal of removed sediment/debris, and post cleaning CCTV inspection of sewer mains and sewer service laterals along approximately 25,000 linear feet of sewer mains in Sewer Subsystem M. Additionally, the removal and replacement via open cut construction of any sewer mains that have been found to have failed. Also, the rehabilitation of approximately 11,800 linear feet of 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch, and 30-inch diameter sewer mains and 175 sewer service laterals through the installation of CIPP liners. Finally, the rehabilitation of approximately 100 sewer manholes by cleaning, plugging, repairing, and lining each manhole with either a cementitious or epoxy liner.
Sewer Subsystem W – Smoke Testing
Flow Assessment Services, LLC has been contracted by the City through Dewberry Engineers to conduct smoke testing of the sewer system in subsystem W (map attached).
Smoke testing consists of the crews removing manhole covers and blowing smoke into the sewer system to try to identify any connections/defects in the sewer system that might allow for rainwater to enter (roof leaders, catch basins, yard/driveway drains, etc). Testing involves smoke which is nontoxic and non staining. Prior to smoking we canvass the area door to door with flyers letting residents know what is taking place and when (example flyer attached). The idea is to minimize any disruption to the residents and make sure emergency services are not called to respond unnecessarily. A fire detail will be onsite with the crews. Work will commence on Wednesday August 15th 2018 until the project is completed.
2020 Current Paving Projects
Cabot Street (Pond Street – Abbott Street) – Complete Street Restoration
Essex Street (Rt. 128 Overpass – Groce St) – Grind/Overlay and Sidewalks
McKay St (Elliott St – Glidden St) – Grind/Overlay and some Sidewalk repairs
Nelson Ave (Robb Rd to Dodge St) – Reclaim and Sidewalks
Odell Ave (Baker Ave to Spring St) – Reclaim and Sidewalks
Standley St (Foster St to Rte 128 Overpass) – Reclaim and Pave
Crack sealing – 2021
It is important to note that there is No Exact Schedule or Timeline. During sidewalk construction, it is possible that trees may need to be replaced. Please check this website frequently for Paving Related Updates (below). Follow us on Twitter @BeverlyEngineer
PAVING RELATED UPDATES
Bridge St Project – Public Hearing Webinar
Cabot St – Link to project website here.
Congress St – Sidewalk work will be complete on Wednesday Oct 28th.
Essex St – Final pavement is currently scheduled for Saturday Oct 31st.
Nelson Ave – The sidewalks and berm need to be finished, structures raised and then final pavement will be scheduled. The sidewalk contractor will start working on the sidewalks again next week.
Odell Ave – National Grid Gas needs to replace their main and services to plastic this winter and then the City can complete the sidewalks and pave the road next spring.
Standley St – The structures need to be raised and then final pavement will be scheduled.
**During paving operations it is critical to the success of the project that all vehicles are off the road by 7:00am or they will be towed. Police details, City of Beverly personnel, and the Contractor Crew will be able to assist you during this process.**
***Important Information for those Residents affected by the Street Paving Projects***
Upon completion of the paving projects, the newly paved streets will not be permitted to be dug/opened for at least FIVE years based on the road age and/or PCI rating (IF approved by the Engineering Department). Therefore, if there is any pending underground utility work to be performed it must be completed prior to completion of the paving project.
Examples of Underground Utility work are but not limited to:
- Sewer (chronic issues should be addressed at this time and should be brought to the attention of the Engineering Department 978.605.2358)
- Water (volume, pressure, and quality issues should be brought to the attention of the Water Department at this time 978.921.6057)
- Natural Gas: In the event you do not have natural gas service and are interested in changing to natural gas, we would suggest that you contact National Grid (1-800-233-5325) to schedule your service at this time. Please notify the Engineering Department if you need assistance you with expediting your request (978.605.2358).
- Sump Pump: If you have a sump pump it may be possible to connect to the City’s drainage infrastructure. Call the Engineering Department if you need assistance with this matter (978.605.2358).
The Engineering Department is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you have. We will also be updating this important project with information that can be found on this link as it becomes available.
Three Intersections Project
The Three Intersections Project includes upgrades to the 1) Rantoul St/Cabot St/Goat Hill Ln/Front St/Water St intersection 2) Balch St/McKay St intersection and 3) Cabot St/County Way/Longmeadow Rd/Scott St/Dodge St intersection.
The project is at the 75% design phase. The project is scheduled to go out to bid in the fall/winter of 2019 and construction will begin in the Spring of 2020.
The 75% Design Plans can be found here.